Category Archives: Professionalism

Refactoring code that is too big

“If your code is so big that you need Regions to collapse areas of it, then your code is probably too big and you should consider refactoring it”. I’m sure everyone has encountered a programming task, where someone wrote a … Continue reading

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How your processes save your backside

When you have a well-defined process, it can be tedious at times. Sometimes you even want to throw unpleasant terms on it, like “bureaucracy”. Bureaucracy sounds nasty. I’m trying to think of someone who could make it sound palatable. Maybe … Continue reading

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Underachieving, overachieving

When I was in high-school, I had an interesting discussion with a guidance counselor. I was taking some pretty hard classes in school and I was getting so-so grades (B or C, not A). His advice was to take easier … Continue reading

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Training your manager

Disclaimer: This is not about my current workplace. This is about all workplaces. Whether you are a team lead, software architect, PM or a junior developer, you count on your team for stuff. Maybe if you are a one-man-team, you … Continue reading

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Current Mission Statement

When I read the book “7 habits of highly-effective people”, I remember my reaction to the suggestion about having a “personal mission statement”.  It struck me as being a little silly.  Am I really going to do that with all … Continue reading

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Architectural review phrase book

When a project is in its early stages, (or sometimes, much later), it is time to have your system designs and software/system architecture reviewed. When this happens, it is not unusual to have a difference of opinion with your reviewer(s).  In … Continue reading

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Showing Initiative vs Being a Cowboy

A few weeks ago, I fixed a bug without being asked to do so. Shortly afterwards, I was asked “Why did you fix that bug? Who told you to do it?”  The question arrived in email, so I couldn’t be … Continue reading

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